Golden Dome Award
The Golden Dome Award, established by the Alumnae Association in 1990, is presented to an alumna for whom the members of the Association have high regard and whose efforts through continuous service and resultant achievement have advanced Marymount College as an institution.
The daughter of two teachers, Diane Kollar Monticone traveled to
Europe for the first time with her parents when she was 15 and soon
became a lifelong devotee of France and its language.
to Marymount College after learning about its Junior Year Abroad
Program, and in 1960, she and nine fellow Marymount students
traveled to Paris for study abroad. Diane attended the Cours de
Civilisation Française at the Sorbonne and was awarded the degre
supérieur after two semesters of study.
Upon graduation in 1962,
she became an assistant in the language laboratory at Marymount
College, Arlington, Va., and pursued a master's degree in French and
linguistics at the School of Languages and Linguistics of Georgetown
In 1963, she began her career at the College of Saint
Elizabeth in Morristown, N.J., where she was member of the faculty
until her retirement in 2000. As professor of foreign languages, Diane
was responsible for teaching all the major courses in French as well
as culture, literature, and civilization courses in English.
In 1980, she
received a Ph.D. in French from Rutgers University. She published a
book titled Montesquieu and His Reader, a study of de l'esprit des lois
(spirit of the laws) in 1989.
An active member of the Alliance Française
of Bergen County for more than 30 years, she has served as vice
president, secretary, treasurer, and a member of its board of directors.
She currently spends winters in Florida, where she started a program
at the Delray Beach Library to teach English to Haitian women. Her
husband, Ronald, is a retired professor of political science at the City
University of New York. Diane has two children (one of whom is a
Fordham graduate) and three grandchildren.
Laura Koessler Brosnahan, '64
Constance Chan, '62
Patricia Cotter, '75
Carolyn Nannini Dolan, '68
Eugenie Fleri Doyle, M.D., '43
Margaret Karl Geraghty, '69
Mary Goeke, '31
Gail Healy Hilson, '63
Miriam Kelly Hunt, '50
Mary Cay Bartush Jones, '52
Marybeth Anzich Mahoney, '70
Patricia Crean McGill, '68
Ann Lauenstein McLaughlin Korologos, '63
Caryl Donnelly Plunkett, '63
Angela Reed, '71
Jane Williams Rosenthall, '46
Anne M. Slattery, '69
Helene Tanous, M.D., '61
Christina Ramos Toosie, '52
Margaret Fitzgibbon Watson, '72